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  • Summary: Set across three defining eras from 20 years of Sonic the Hedgehog video game history, the instantly recognisable environments of Sonic Generations have been re-built in stunning HD and are now playable in both classic side scrolling 2D from 1991, as well as modern 3D style found in Sonic'sSet across three defining eras from 20 years of Sonic the Hedgehog video game history, the instantly recognisable environments of Sonic Generations have been re-built in stunning HD and are now playable in both classic side scrolling 2D from 1991, as well as modern 3D style found in Sonic's most recent adventures. Each incarnation of Sonic in Sonic Generations comes complete with his trademark special move, Spin Dash and Spin Attack for Classic Sonic, and Homing Attack and Sonic Boost for Modern Sonic. An innovative new interactive menu system allows for complete immersion in Sonic's universe with favourite characters and hidden treasures gradually being revealed throughout the game. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Nov 7, 2011
    85
    It feels refreshing to be able to say that Sonic is good again. His upward trajectory over the last year continues and he's only gaining momentum. Sonic Generations is largely a game for the most hardcore of Sonic fans, but for the millions who have fond memories of narrowly dodging spikes, grinding on rails, or even that time he was a pinball, Sonic Generations is a game made for you.
  2. Nov 11, 2011
    83
    Sonic is back again with a successful combination of classic and modern gameplay. One of the best Sonic games in the last few years.
  3. Nov 7, 2011
    80
    Quotation forthcoming.
  4. Nov 7, 2011
    80
    Despite the audiovisual grandeur of the rest of Generations, the shortcomings make it feel like little more than a "popcorn game" -- exhilarating, not very serious, and over before you get a chance to take it all in.
  5. PC Master (Greece)
    Mar 1, 2012
    80
    Overall, Sonic Generations is a well-designed, welcome exception to the massive circulation of violent games in the market, a 'game' that represents perfectly the pure meaning of the word. [February 2012]
  6. PC Games (Russia)
    Dec 24, 2011
    75
    A real festival of a game, charging you with good spirits – but only if your fingers touch the joypad, not a keyboard. [January 2012, p.77]
  7. PC Gamer UK
    Jan 29, 2012
    64
    If you know what it expects of you, there's a thrill to some of Generations' showier moments. If not, prepare to hit a series of brick walls at high speed. [Feb 2012, p.93]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 97 out of 123
  2. Negative: 8 out of 123
  1. Nov 3, 2011
    10
    Seriously, best sonic game since Sonic Adventure 2 for me. I've played Sonic games my whole life, and after their new direction with theSeriously, best sonic game since Sonic Adventure 2 for me. I've played Sonic games my whole life, and after their new direction with the secret rings, and shadow the hedgehog's own game, I sadly had to stop wasting money on sonic teams garbage. But I'm happy to say this game rocks! And this version on steam is so much cheaper. Currently you can purchase this game for $30, which is quite a bargain for so much fun. I'd also like to chime in that the modern sonic portions are strangely more fun than I would have thought. The boost mechanic really takes some skill in order to master. If you don't believe me, just youtube modern sonic green hill speed run. Oh, and screw Joystiq! Expand
  2. Feb 2, 2012
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Let's start off with the price. It's 30 dollars in comparison with home consoles which is 50$. You already save yourself 20$ which means expectation shouldn't bee too disappointing for the price. The controls are debatable to say the least. When I play the Modern Sonic levels at times the jump button does not respond and I am playing this on a new laptop so by no means is it the keyboard. I even checked to see if anything was caught underneath, but nope. I spotted some bad collision glitches(Classic Sonic being able to spin dash on a vertical wall) and I've heard of the city escape glitch where you snowboard in the air for infinity. So by no means is this a polished game. Hopefully Sega will fix this. The main story is ridiculously easy. You can plow through the game within 4-5 hours. Completing the game 100%, still not that very challenging. Though I am sure this game wasn't intended to be difficult by any means. It is still fun none the less.

    The soundtrack is good most of them are slight remixes of their original counterpart. If your looking for a good sonic game get this game now. Some of us grew up with Genesis Sonic and though some of his games may not be good to our eyes I hear a lot of little kids talking about the sonic games we hate/dislike. That means that even though Sonic may not be viewed great by critics. Kids of this generation are enjoying the new sonic game. Sonic Generation was a treat to the loyal Sonic Fans who stuck with them all the way and to the new Sonic fan base to show "This is how Sonic started off".

    The only reason why this got an 8 on my score was because of those glitches. The only real major glitch is Sonic's jumping delay(I don't know if anybody else has had the same trouble as I did, but I'll mention it just as a precaution)

    Happy 20th Anniversary Sonic.
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  3. Nov 25, 2013
    10
    This is one of the best Sonic games i have ever played. Much better than recent Lost World. Seemingly just typical PC version platformer, thisThis is one of the best Sonic games i have ever played. Much better than recent Lost World. Seemingly just typical PC version platformer, this game has everything that made console ports awesome: satisfying gameplay, great visuals, cool atmosphere, catchy music and some of the very best level design franchise had ever had. On top of that, replay value is top notch, and game constantly rewards players after every collectible and bonus level.

    Though, all of those bonus levels aren't fun, and bosses are sort of letdown too, weakest area of the game being the story... i mean... bunch of cutscenes. Extra levels have their moments, some of them being equal to main levels, but many also turn out frustrating, gimmicky and boring. Bosses have moments too, but they are mostly just simple gimmicks. Cutscenes are, however, total missopportunity. Also, take note on length, which depends on how much you want to come back to replay game, or beat friends records online. Also, incredibly weak pinball DLC.

    What makes this version best, is the fact that good computer runs it on amazing framerate. Mod support deserves big note here, good ones already existing, new amazing ones still coming. And never have mods been so user friendly or safe to use. That alone adresses lenght issue.

    Sonic Generations is not just good Sonic game, this is worthy purchase for all those in need of satisfying, arcade-ish platformer. No other series has seen such an significant step-up for sake of anniversary game.
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  4. Oct 17, 2013
    9
    Great game, fantastic mix of classic sonic games and new 3D series, wonderful stages full of color and details, wild and frantic pace thatGreat game, fantastic mix of classic sonic games and new 3D series, wonderful stages full of color and details, wild and frantic pace that makes you be always focused and use your reflexes as no other platform game does ¡love it!. Expand
  5. Jun 23, 2012
    9
    This game is a fantastic mix between classic Sonic and Sonic Adventure 2 (my personal favourite). The game is vivid, the dynamics are fast,This game is a fantastic mix between classic Sonic and Sonic Adventure 2 (my personal favourite). The game is vivid, the dynamics are fast, and most importantly it's fun with high replay value. A great game for any gamer! Expand
  6. Dec 1, 2013
    8
    SONIC IS BACK !!!!!

    Sonic Generations is the best sonic game to date. The game blends 2D with 3D gameplay and the result is a blast. The
    SONIC IS BACK !!!!!

    Sonic Generations is the best sonic game to date. The game blends 2D with 3D gameplay and the result is a blast. The game is fast, challenging, beautiful and it’s the sonic that we remember from the Sega genesis “mega drive” era.

    The story is also very good and it creates nostalgia. The music score it’s also awesome and it has some old school music from the old games. Also there are lots of unlockables and secrets here. Each level also offers alternative routs and you can explore and find various secrets. Seriously if you are a sonic fun you will need to buy this.

    Pros: Awesome levels, Nice Presentation, Looks great in motion, excellent level design, 2D and 3D blends perfectly, the 3d levels are fast as hell, voice acting is good, mods are available and you can play levels created by the community, high replayability

    Cons: some minor bugs and some slow downs, some boss fights are boring

    FINAL SCORE: 08/10

    I RECOMMEND TO PLAY WITH A GAMEPAD
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  7. Jul 26, 2012
    0
    Does not pick up embedded nvidia graphics cards in laptop for some reason. I can get the game to force run off of it but It crashes for someDoes not pick up embedded nvidia graphics cards in laptop for some reason. I can get the game to force run off of it but It crashes for some reason right after I launch it. Just a heads up to everyone with gaming laptops Expand

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